The University of Prince Edward Island’s Board of Governors recently accepted the recommendation of the search committee for Dean of the School of Nursing. Dr. Rosemary Herbert, Associate Professor and coordinator of UPEI’s Master of Nursing program, will begin her appointment immediately.
“I am pleased to announce Rosemary’s appointment to the position of Dean of the School of Nursing. Rosemary brings with her an extensive academic background and leadership experience that will prove valuable in moving forward the many initiatives in the School of Nursing,” said Dr. Jim Randall, chair of the search committee.
“I would also like to extend my appreciation to everyone who participated in this search, including the Search Committee, the candidates and all those who submitted comments and input as part of the process. This truly was a community endeavor,” he added.
Dr. Herbert said, “I am delighted to serve as Dean of Nursing. I love interacting with students and am excited about working on our many projects and programs with our strong team of faculty and staff at the School of Nursing, and continuing the great tradition, on PEI and at UPEI, of developing leaders in our profession.”
Rosemary has a strong history of academic and administrative achievement at UPEI,” said President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “I look forward to her success, and the continuing success of the School of Nursing under her guidance.”
Dr. Herbert is not entirely new to the position, having served as Dean of the School of Nursing from 2000–2003. Herbert was also the interim Vice-President Academic Development in 2006 and again from 2008–2010. During her time as V-P Academic Development, Dr. Herbert especially enjoyed her mentorship role with both students and colleagues, and found supporting new teaching initiatives and teaching workshops both interesting and rewarding.
A researcher in tobacco control, she is a long-time, active member of the PEI Tobacco Reduction Alliance and sits on the board of the Canadian Cancer Society (PEI Division). Dr. Herbert recently completed a six-year term on the board of the CHANCES Family Resource Centre and currently serves with Farmers Helping Farmers and on the UPEI Future Directions Steering Committee.
Herbert has been a faculty member of the UPEI School of Nursing since the School opened in 1992. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Nursing from Dalhousie University and a PhD from McGill University.